Flashabaetis Nymph

Curtis Fry - March, 2016

There was a time that I got into a sort of weird rut with my nymph patterns and ended up with the vast majority of my flies tied with beads on them. I didn't even think about it until a day when I was sight fishing to a bunch of nice high mountain cutthroats and my bead head patterns were all sinking way too fast past the noses of the fish, resulting in a very poor showing in the net. Even though I finally dug out an unweighted fly that ultimately scored me some good fish because it spent more time slowly sinking (i.e. hanging in the "zone"), I realized I'd become too bead-heavy in my tying. Lesson learned: always be sure to have a good mixture of weighted and unweighted nymph patterns in the same types of patterns in order to cover more of the water column and different fishing conditions. The nice thing about unweighted patterns is that they can actually be a little more multi-purpose than bead-head flies. It's tough to get a bead head to sink slower, but especially in lakes or slower moving water, you just need to add a little more time and the unweighted fly can reach your target zone and even hang there longer. My little cutthroat excursion above was a pretty obvious example of this where the unweighted fly (same style) outscored their beaded buddies by a huge margin. I could only chalk that up to having the fly maintain a more natural descent or movement in the water and possibly remaining in the fish's view for more time. The Flashabaetis was born out of this concept with some added flashiness to help get a little more attention in the water. It's a really fun pattern to tie and you can mix up the color schemes to imitate a lot of different mayflies, although I'm usually tying them for Pale Morning Duns (PMD's), Baetis (Blue winged olives) or Callibaetis nymphs.

Material List
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 1130 - Light Weight Grub Hook - Bronze - 16
  • Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Olive Dun
  • Tail/Legs: Premium Partridge Feathers - Natural
  • Body: UNI Mylar Double-Sided Tinsel - Peacock/Orange - Size 12 (3/64")
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Copper - Brassie
  • Abdomen: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Brown - Medium
  • Thorax: Hare'e Ice Dub - Gray
  • Wing Case: Thin Skin - Assortment, Brown
  • Resin: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
  • Wax: Dubbing Wax
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Brassie Size

$1.75
Veevus Holographic Tinsel
Veevus Holographic Tinsel

Veevus Holographic Tinsel

$3.99
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

$3.25
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

$17.99
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin

Thin Skin

$2.45
UNI Mylar Double-Sided Tinsel
UNI Mylar Double-Sided Tinsel

UNI Mylar Double-Sided Tinsel

$2.25
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub

Hare'e Ice Dub

$2.99
Dubbing Wax
Dubbing Wax

Dubbing Wax

$6.50
Premium Partridge Feathers
Premium Partridge Feathers

Premium Partridge Feathers

$5.99
Fulling Mill 1130 - Light Weight Grub Hook - Bronze
Fulling Mill 1130 - Light Weight Grub Hook - Bronze

Fulling Mill 1130 - Light Weight Grub Hook - Bronze

$11.00